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...and by unobtanium I mean available at reasonable prices, I am in a quandary.

I want a .32 shooter. One I can use as a range blaster without worry about breaking a part on my pre war PP(K)
Along with BlitzPig, I too am wondering if there is a solution to the unobtanium nature of PPK's. So here's a question ...

If one owns an Interarms PPK in .380, and one could get ahold of a PPK .32 barrel ... could you simply swap out the barrels and end up with a PPK .32 shooter? Is it that simple, or is there something I'm not taking into account ... keeping in mind that finding a barrel in .32 might not be a piece of cake.

Numrich has .32 PP barrels, but only .380 PPK ones. Could you simply have a gunsmith cut a half inch off the PP .32 barrel?
 

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I can't tell you what happens with a long barrel pp in 32 when you cut it. I can tell you that several years ago I was looking for a way of replacing my damaged 22 pp slide. What did work pretty well was a PPK slide and spring on the existing PP barreled frame.

As to weither or not you can get a 32 mag in a 380, that's a good one. But just think a bit, colt for their 1903/1908 32/380's only made one size magazine that worked for both
 

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According to MGMike, the answer is that other stuff needs swapping out beyond just the barrel. There have been several threads where this has been broached. You might want to search for them.
 

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The most recent thread concerned converting a .32 to .380, which has its own problems.

Going the other way, from .380 to .32, is more complicated than swapping barrels because most original .32 barrels have a smaller OD, and the muzzle bearing of the .380 slide is too big and won't properly retain the recoil spring. The ejector and extractor are both different, and the breech face in the slide will be oversize for .32. The .380 mags might work with .32, or .32 mags could be used. But the whole thing is a makeshift conversion, and unless you already have parts that will fit and can do all the work yourself, it's not cost-effective. It's cheaper to just buy a .32.

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Thanks, MGMike, I had a feeling it wasn't that simple.
 
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